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This article describes the impact on the learners and health care institution of the OnTRACK-Concussion program, an innovative student-led clinic at a children’s rehabilitation hospital. The clinic, developed and operated by occupational therapists, serves the community full-time year-round. Interprofessional health care learners work together to provide education and intervention for youth with concussion and their families and to support research and community outreach initiatives. To determine the program’s impact on student learning, a post-placement questionnaire was used to capture feedback about their clinical education experience. To determine the program impact more broadly, the most significant change method was used to analyze data from in-depth qualitative interviews with stakeholders across and beyond the organization. Three Program Impact Pathways were identified that support the program’s success within and beyond the organization: 1) Having a clear message/vision of integration; 2) Enabling learners to work directly with patients; and 3) Enabling learners to work autonomously. Debriefing with peers and clinical supervisors was identified as an important learning experience by interprofessional learners. This student-led clinic, developed and operationalized by occupational therapists, supports the integration of patient care, research, and clinical education in pediatric concussion through clearly identified Program Impact Pathways.
Anne Hunt, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, an Associate Member of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Kathryn Parker, MA, PhD is Senior Director, Teaching and Learning Institute and Simulation Lead at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Associate Director Student-Led Environments at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto-University Health Network.
Nick Reed, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, a Full Member of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto, an Adjunct Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in pediatric concussion.
Declaration of Interest
Anne Hunt was the manager of the OnTRACK-concussion program at the time this work was undertaken and has no other declarations of interest. Kathryn Parker provides oversight to OnTRACK student led environments at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and has no other declarations of interest. Nick Reed is a holder of a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Pediatric Concussion and reports receiving grants and research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Parachute Canada, Special Olympics Canada, Greater Toronto Hockey League, Dr. Tom Pashby Sport Safety Fund, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Scotiabank. NR is an investigator in a multicentre study funded by the National Football League (NFL) Scientific Advisory Board; he does not receive any research funding or financial benefit. NR is a minority shareholder in 360 Concussion Care, an interdisciplinary concussion clinic.
Hunt, A. W., Parker, K., & Reed, N. (2022). Impact of an Interprofessional Student-Led Concussion Clinic. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (4). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2022.060414
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